Owens chooses developer for panel on Taylor site County...


January 28, 2001

Owens chooses developer for panel on Taylor site

County Executive Janet S. Owens has named a Severna Park developer the new chairman of a committee advising the county on how to turn the former David Taylor Research Center into a $250 million high-technology office park on the Severn River.

Bertrand A. Mason, president of Benchmark Realty Corp., replaces Steve Carr, who was dismissed as chairman by Owens three weeks ago after he sent an angry e-mail to County Council members and others. Carr complained that the council had ignored residents by defeating amendments to a zoning bill deemed essential to the conversion.

Mason, 55, is senior vice president and general counsel for Telesis Corp. and has served on the transition teams of Owens and former County Executive Robert R. Neall. He is also a member of the Broadneck Small Area Planning Committee.

The next meeting of the David Taylor Redevelopment Advisory Committee is scheduled at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 in the Patuxent Room at the Heritage Office Complex, 2660 Riva Road in Annapolis.

New street in Pasadena to be called Soaper Ave.

The county has approved a $406,000 contract to build a street connecting Magothy Bridge Road and Magothy Beach Road in Pasadena, beginning in March.

County officials said the 16-foot-wide, one-way road - known as Soaper Avenue - will ease congestion at the intersections of Woods Road with Magothy Beach and Magothy Bridge roads. It will also provide neighborhood residents with a second access to Magothy Bridge Road.

Contractor Locust Lane Farms Inc. of Mitchellville is expected to start work on the expected eight-month project in early March.

Total cost is $866,000, including work to make Magothy Beach Road safer by flattening a small hill to improve visibility of motorists turning onto the new Soaper Avenue and constructing a left-turn lane from Magothy Beach Road to Soaper Avenue.

Residents and motorists with concerns during construction should contact county on-site inspector Ray Torres at 410-647- 2727.

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